October 19, 2010

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Approved 11-16-10




Tuesday, October 19, 2010

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

President Simon, Provost Wilcox, E. Alstrom, R. Brandenburg (for J. Armstrong), T. Summerhill (for M. Baba, G. Bice, J. Boughman, C. Brown, S. Carey, S. Carter, M. Chavez, W. Corser, C. Coursaris, T. Curry, E. Cushman, W. Davidson, D. Dougherty, R.K. Edozie, J. Epstein, S. Esquith, M. Fillmore, S. Fitzgerald, S. Fletcher, J. Forger, J. Foss, J. Gabilondo, S. Garnett, J.I. Gray, P., Mantica (for C. Gelbke), L. Gut, C. Haka, S. Hassan, C. Alsup (for T. Howarth), G. Hudson, H. Hughes, C. Jackson-Elmoore, M. Jain, R. Jones, L. June, M. Kaplowitz, R.J. Kirkpatrick, K. Klomparens, G. Kortemeyer, S. Haka (for S. Lenway), T. Levine, K. Lovell, R. Maleczka, E. Martinak, R. McCormick, H. Melakeberhan, T. Monberg, D. Moriarty, M. Nalla, C. Noffze, M. Noel, C. Parker, D. Pathak, H. Perlstadt, J. Powell, R. Putnam, J. Revitte, J. Riedinger, L. Roman, M. Sciarni, B. Scott, S. Soffin, L. Stanford, K. Millenban (for E. Simmons), W. Strampel, R. Taggart, T. Wolff (for S. Udpa), P. Whitten, J. Wright, K. Wurst, E. Yakura, J. Youatt, B. Zandstra

ABSENT: C. Ames, K. Ames, L. Brooks, M.W. Chang, S. Conrad, D. Estry, L. Fair, H. Fitzgerald, C. Frilinigos, J. Funk, D. Gift, K. Goldsberry, R. Hall, E. Heilman, J. Hoehn, N. Khanna, M. Kingry, M. Largent, M. Lawrence, L. Leavitt, A. Lovegren, R. Mabokela, T. Marsh, P. Menchik, T. Morse, M. Mundt, R. Ofoli, N.B. Olivier, J. Owen, S. Pratt, M. Rappley, F. Rauscher, M. Rupp, M. Shapiro, C. Schotten, M. Shields, M. Sticklen, Z. Taylor, S. Tekalur, T. Tims, L. Udpa, J. Vargas, J. Washington, S. Watts

The meeting began at 3:15 p.m. without a full quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended to approve the minutes of April 20, 2010 since there was no quorum at the September 21, 2010 meeting, and add the item of the ASMSU Rally.  The agenda was approved as amended. 

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of April 20, 2010 were approved as distributed.  There were no minutes for September 21, 2010 due to a lack of a quorum.

President’s Remarks:
The President noted that many units are celebrating anniversaries.  This is also the 50th anniversary of the work of the University to establish the University of Nigeria.  The President noted this was in a time when people often spoke of the danger of international programs.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox deferred his comments to later on the agenda.

ECAC Vice-Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported that UCAP conducted a study last summer on the SIRS forms for online courses.  UCAP has posted some of the findings from the study on their UCAP web site for your information.  UCAP is continuing to study the SIRS using a broader spectrum of courses, both online and in class courses.  When the all of the data has been reviewed UCAP will report to Council.

ECAC has established a working group in concert with the President’s office to review the Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP) and the Sexual Harassment Policy.  A user’s manual has been developed for the ADP which will also be reviewed.  When the working group has completed their review, a report will come to governance and the Standing Committees.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Parker, Chairperson of UCC, reported the University Committee on Curriculum met  and considered and approved 16 Programs and 112 Course Proposals as follows:

There were 8 program changes and as a result of these changes.  There were 34 new courses, 76 course changes, and 2 course deletions reviewed and approved.

A motion was passed to approve the UCC Report as presented.

The Changing Face of MSU: Trends and Directions:
Provost Wilcox noted that at the beginning of the year there was discussion in ECAC about the appeal of having some discussion time throughout the Semester to talk about the nature of the University, look at some of the data that describes the operations and collectively think about what this means for the future.  The Provost indicated he wished to talk about who we are, students and faculty, and what the demographics might mean in the coming years.  His presentation is posted on the Academic Governance web site.

Other Business:
Justin Epstein, Academic Assembly Chairperson, announced that ASMSU was hosting a rally on behalf of Higher Education Funding Awareness on October 22 at the State Capitol.  The purpose is two-fold.  One is to give students an outlet to voice their opinion about the steady decreases in funding to higher education.  The second purpose is to showcase the situation before the coming elections.  There will be buses to transport students to the Capitol.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:20p.m.


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

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Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 3:15pm
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